Presented by EA Game Changers
The Sims 4 Tiny Living Stuff offers whole new ways to maximize both form and function in a small space, but if you’ve never built a tiny home before, you might struggle to find ways to fit everything you need into such a small area, especially if the kind of build you’re working on doesn’t match the style of the new space-saving items that come with Tiny Living Stuff.
I have built quite a few tiny homes in preparation for this pack, as well as tiny homes that make use of the new Tiny Living Stuff objects and I’ve learned a few neat little tricks about conserving space without sacrificing style that I’m going to share with you!
Using Tiny Living Stuff Objects
Of course, the new objects that come with Tiny Living Stuff make space conservation a breeze. The new 3-in-1 TV, stereo, and bookcase combines three separate objects into a single unit. It comes in 1×1 and 1×2 size variations for further customization.
The Murphy bed can be folded up to open up space in the room when it’s not being used. Additionally, it comes with an attached love seat version so your bedroom can become your living room with the touch of a button. Perfect for those super teeny micro homes.
New 1×1 dressers and a new 1×1 desk offer a more compact way to get your work done or get dressed in the morning.
Did you know that you can place a wall-mounted bookcase above the headboard of a bed to save on space? It’s completely functional! Use bb.moveobjects on and the 0-9 keys to adjust the height of the bookcase if it hangs a bit too low over the headboard. Be careful not to move it up more than 1 or 2 clicks or it may not be functional anymore.
There’s more freedom in designing tiny bathrooms than you think. Unlike the rest of a tiny house, Sims tend to frown on “open concept” bathrooms, so squeezing them in can be a challenge. Luckily, toilets can be placed directly next to bathtubs. As long as the toilet is not on the same side as the bath’s faucet, Sims will be able to use both the toilet and bath without issue.
Small decorative wall clutter can be placed inside showers, too, without affecting a Sim’s ability to use the shower.
Tiny Kitchen Tips
Did you know that Sims can use corner counter spaces to prep meals? Instead of taking up a big huge tile with a regular counter, use your corner piece as your spot to prep meals, leaving more space for a sink or whatever else you might need. The tiny kitchen pictured above is fully functional thanks to the free corner spot for my Sims to prep their food.
Or go one step further and do away with sinks entirely! Unsanitary, you say? Not if you have a dishwasher. Putting a dishwasher where your sink would have gone frees up the top of the counter for other small appliances your Sims might find useful, like microwaves and coffee pots. This teeny kitchen pictured above uses this kind of setup.
Squeeze On In!
When trying to fit a double bed in a small room, only half a tile of space is required on either side of the bed for Sims to be able to get in on both sides.
Sacrifices Must Be Made
Sometimes, a space is just too small to fit everything you want and you have to start prioritizing what’s most important. Do you really need a full kitchen if you have a BBQ patio out back? Do you need a 2 tile bathtub if your Sim doesn’t have any dogs or toddlers to bathe? A 1 tile shower would suffice, instead. Do your two children need separate bedrooms or can they share?
Asking yourself these kinds of questions while building your tiny home can help you maximize both space and utility wherever possible.
The Great Outdoors
You can have a tiny home on any size lot, so why not use all that outdoor space? Even if you don’t have the tile space for a big deck, paint some stones on the terrain or lay down some stone floor tiles and put a BBQ and patio furniture out back. Paint and do woodwork outdoors, have a huge beautiful garden, landscape with trees and flowers. There is so much you can do outside.
Want to know a secret? Flat roofs don’t count as extra tiles when building on a Tiny Home Residential lot. As long as you don’t fence in your roof (which would make it a room), you can extend your usable space by putting some stairs in and turning your roof into a patio or elegant rooftop garden. Use the bb.showhiddenobjects cheat followed by the bb.showliveeditobjects cheat to place fencing along the edges if an open roof patio looks odd to you. Debug fence pieces are considered objects and therefore won’t turn the roof into a closed-in room by placing them around the edges.
Want to know another secret? Stairs don’t add to your tile limit, either, so you can opt to place all your staircases on the outside of your home in order to save on floor space inside the home. While perhaps not advisable for Sims living in cold climates (with Seasons installed), outdoor staircases are perfect for Sims in warmer climates.
Have any space saving tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments or let us know on social media!